Sunday, 1 January 2017

The secrets out

Ok, it's not a huge secret, but ....South Africa offers the best value safaris for 2017. Turmoil on the international markets in 2016 has made 2017 the year to visit South Africa.
We have secured some great deals with our lodge providers and can still offer some great deals, however we only use small intimate and exclusive lodges, so my advice is to book early to avoid disappointment.
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Written by Will Fox

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Come and say hello

Come along and meet Will and Carol at the Times Destination Travel shows in early 2017 (as shown above). Whether you are interested in a safari or would just like to find out more about their work in wildlife conservation, Will and Carol would love to meet you.
And if you would like free tickets to the show then CLICK the links below using reference DST9
CLICK HERE for free tickets to the London show
CLICK HERE for free tickets to the Manchester show

Monday, 26 December 2016

Hyena, Lions and Leopards

Hyenas, Lions and Leopards all share the same habitat, and compete for the same prey. So it's no surprise that these three don't get along.
It would be easy to assume that Lions take...well, the lions share, but that's not always the case.
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Rivers at home

Our safari home in the Greater Kruger Park region is Rukiya Safari Camp. An amazing lodge, owner managed by our friends Lily and Conraad, set in a wonderful private nature reserve. And best of all, the lodge lies at the confluence of the Blyde and Olifants rivers, where Crocodiles and Hippos can often be seen from your private deck.
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Monday, 5 December 2016

Lion around

We are very fortunate to often see quite a few different lion prides on safari. Normally viewed from a game drive vehicle, but when it is safe to do so and the circumstances are right, we can take a bush walk to try to view them on foot. Normally just lying around waiting for the night.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Not a line in the sand

Okay, so you are out on an early morning game drive and perhaps wondering why your safari guide is driving along head down, staring at the ground in front of the vehicle.  No, it's not the after effects of a late night (well probably not), it's a case of reading natures morning newspaper. In other-words looking for fresh tracks that help us to understand what has happened in the bush during the previous night. There is a lot to know in reading the morning newspaper, but some tracks are quite easy to recognise. For example my favourite the leopard. Very simple to identify, a triple lobed back pad and no claws deployed from the front pads.
Okay, Lion are similar, but of-course a lot bigger.
Guide books and teaching aids will show you a line drawing, or photo of a footprint indent in sandy soil, but I find it easier to start with the original; so I've used pictures that I have taken with sedated leopards.
Whenever I have had to catch and release a leopard for research or to relocate, I keep pictures of the foot shape. They often help in identifying the individuals spoor later.
As you can see above the general shape of a leopards spoor is as described, but thereafter each has subtle differences which help identify a particular cat. And thats when tracking steps up a gear.
Written by Will Fox
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